development

noun
de·​vel·​op·​ment | \ di-ˈve-ləp-mənt How to pronounce development (audio) , dē-\

Definition of development

1 : the act, process, or result of developing the development of new ideas an interesting development in the case
2 : the state of being developed a project in development
3 : a tract of land that has been made available or usable : a developed tract of land especially : one with houses built on it

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Examples of development in a Sentence

Good nutrition is important for proper muscle development. The company offers many opportunities for professional development. The software is still in the early stages of development. I try to keep up with the latest developments in computer technology. Have there been any new developments in the case?
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Now, the duchess works with several organizations that support the early years development of children and young people. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Describes "Fear of Having a Newborn" & Kate Middleton Says She Was a "Naive" Parent," 16 Feb. 2019 President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in artificial intelligence. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "Trump calls for investment in artificial intelligence, but lack of details troubles some," 11 Feb. 2019 This new development in fashion subscription boxes, cutting out the third party, begs a lot of questions for shoppers. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "There's a New Trend in Fashion Subscription Boxes—and We Put It to the Test," 10 Jan. 2019 Currently under development is IPv6, or IP version 6. Popular Mechanics, "The Death of the Internet," 7 Feb. 2019 The autonomous airborne vehicles under development generally take off and land like a small helicopter that could carry a handful of passengers. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Boeing’s Autonomous Taxi Takes Flight," 23 Jan. 2019 While Samsung reportedly has a folding phone under development, the FlexPai is here. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Victory, Royole: The FlexPai is the first folding phone we've seen," 10 Jan. 2019 In an interview with Comicbook TV, Ashleigh Murray, who plays Josie, hinted that there will be some developments in Josie's love life coming up. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Fans Think Josie and Archie are Heading for a Romance on "Riverdale" and They Might Be Right," 17 Dec. 2018 Diversity in development isn’t about a numbers game. Morgen Peck, Glamour, "Cryptocurrency Is Not Just a Boys' Club," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of development

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for development

see develop

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development

noun

English Language Learners Definition of development

: the act or process of growing or causing something to grow or become larger or more advanced
: the act or process of creating something over a period of time
: the state of being created or made more advanced

development

noun
de·​vel·​op·​ment | \ di-ˈve-ləp-mənt How to pronounce development (audio) \

Kids Definition of development

1 : the act, process, or result of developing
2 : the state of being developed

development

noun
de·​vel·​op·​ment | \ di-ˈvel-əp-mənt How to pronounce development (audio) \

Medical Definition of development

1 : the action or process of developing: as
a : the process of growth and differentiation by which the potentialities of a zygote, spore, or embryo are realized
b : the gradual advance through evolutionary stages : evolution
2 : the state of being developed the great muscular development of weight lifters

Other Words from development

developmental \ -​ˌvel-​əp-​ˈment-​ᵊl How to pronounce developmental (audio) \ adjective
developmentally \ -​ē How to pronounce developmentally (audio) \ adverb

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